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Rosh Chodesh Av Ceremony

By WUJS (World Union of Jewish Students)

As we mourn the destruction of Jerusalem, we think about the traditional liturgy that we read on Tisha B'Av  Eicha or Lamentations. The passages that describe the fall of Jerusalem liken her landscape to a woman violated and abandoned.

This month, we will dedicate our thoughts and actions to today's violated, abandoned and abused women. Ask each woman to write down one way in which women are abused, either physically or emotionally. Have each woman light her candle from the woman sitting next to her, and after she says her name, have her read aloud the form of abuse she wrote. Then have her place that piece of paper in a metal bowl in the center of the circle. When the last woman has introduced herself, set fire to the collection of words. With this action we metaphorically destroy every concept of violence against women and release the energy that we will use this month to fight against violence against women.

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